Tim and Jessie#2

I was curious to know why Jessie had planned the meeting at Prithvi theatre. It is almost twenty kilometres away from my place so, I preferred going there by taxi.

I left at two to reach there well before time. Prithvi Theatre is one of the places I am fond of visiting again and again. I like to spend time in the cafeteria outside the theatre. Sometimes, a few celebrities can also be seen roaming around there. It feels really amazing to share the place with celebrities and to have a cup of coffee.

I reached there at half-past two. The place was more crowded than usual. Many of them were foreigners, probably, English. A few of them were carrying musical instruments.

‘Is there a musical show going on?’  I thought and went straight to check which show was scheduled next. It was an English play by Timir Prakash.

“The group might be on a trip to India,” I thought.

Luckily, I got a table towards the extreme left corner under the shade of a tree where I made myself comfortable. After some time, I caught a glimpse of Jessie who was rushing to the theatre.

I was sure it was Jessie but what was she doing inside. I had to wait until three to solve the mystery.

In a couple of minutes, most of the English went inside the theatre and only a few were left behind in the coffee shop. Maybe these were mere spectators.

Jessie came to me at quarter past three.

“Oh! I am so sorry Anshu. I kept you waiting for so long. Actually, I was assisting Tim with some last minute preparations. I was coordinating with the English group so that they be on time. Now, since all of them have arrived, I am here at your disposal.” Jessie said in a hurry.

“No problem Jessie! I am fine. Come and join me.” I replied. Jessie was looking marvellous in her off-white dress.

“What is Tim doing here in the theatre? “I asked with curiosity.

Prithvi Theatre

“Oh!, I forgot to tell you that Tim is the director of this play. When we were in London, he was attached to this Play just as a hobby. It is popular by the name ‘Windsor’ in London. Tim had a very small role to play there. After coming to India, I insisted him to explore theatre. Today, his dream of directing a play is going to be true.”

“Really, I saw the name on the board, but did not know that Tim was Timir Prakash,” I said with a surprise.

“Yes because I always call him Tim,” Jessie said with a smile. “Please ask your questions now as the Play will start exactly at four. We just have half an hour left to talk.”

“Alright Jessie, the topic of my article is how to motivate people to take up new venture after their retirement. What I observe in most of the people is that they like to appreciate great deeds of others, but when asked to do something, they are reluctant. They do not want to come out of their comfort zone. I am sure whoever hears Tim’s story will appreciate his efforts, but if asked to do something, they will make hundreds of excuses.”

“Is that so?” Jessie interrupted me with a smile.

“It happens all the time,” I replied.

“Before answering I would like to know the reason for motivating people after retirement, Anshu?” Jessie asked.

“Well, I notice that a few people lose their zeal in their lives and develop pessimistic approach after retiring from their jobs. I intend to write this article to bring about a positive change in their life.”

Jessie thought for a moment and then said, “That is a great idea indeed, but do you know if we wish to change a person’s perspective, first we need to change his preconceived opinion.”

She continued, “What happens, Anshu, is that most people believe that after a particular age they are not capable of doing certain things. They also believe that they do not need any further achievements in their lives. Hence, when someone like you asks them to change their lifestyle, they just ignore it.”

She continued, “At first, even Tim did not want to do anything new after his retirement. He believed that he had done his bit. I never insisted him to take up something by imposing things on him rather I only discussed with him my point of view on taking up the project on child psychology after my retirement. I used to share my experience and the joy I felt doing the project. Slowly he was convinced with my idea and started taking interest in his hobby and agreed to explore the possibility of directing a play here in India. Gradually things moved on and today he is here, directing his Play.” Jessie explained.

“Is he enjoying his assignment?” I asked with curiosity.

“He is loving every bit of it! He thanks me every day for persuading him and giving him a direction to explore his hidden talent. The recognition and sense of achievement make him so joyful and energetic that now he is far busier than me. “Jessie said enthusiastically.

“That is great. I wish you both a blessed life. It is always wonderful talking to you. I hope my readers will find the article useful and will definitely give their hobbies a try after reading it.” I said.
It was time for the play to start, so both of us ended our discussion and moved towards the auditorium to watch the play.

Tim and Jessie#1

It was ten past ten in the morning and I was rushing to meet my friend Jessie. I had an appointment with her at eleven in the morning to conduct her interview for my column in a weekly magazine.

It had been almost three years since I first met her. We had met in a Gym and in no time at all became good friends. I was fascinated with her charming personality and extraordinary sense of well-being. She possesses such a charismatic persona that I am sure whoever meets, would appreciate her.

My car reached a beautiful boulevard and stopped in front of a lovely house with a Scottish front elevation. As I entered the house, a garden, blooming with a vast range of flowers welcomed me. I had never been familiar with such a wide variety of flowering plants. For a moment, I stood there amazed and then rang the bell.

The door opened and a tall man in blue jeans and white t-shirt greeted me with a gentle smile,‘Hello Anshu, I am Tim, Jessie’s husband. Please come in.’

‘Hello Tim, How are you doing,’ I said and entered the well decorated living room.

‘Was there any problem locating the house?’ he asked me as that was my first visit to his house.

‘Not at all! I drove straight down here. Where is Jessie?’ I replied with a curiosity to meet her.

‘She is finishing dishwashing and will be here in five minutes,’ Tim answered promptly.

‘No hurry! Actually, I am a little earlier than scheduled. She can take her own time,’ I said and decided to wait there.

“Hello, Anshu! Good to see you after a long time,” Jessie entered the room and hugged me affectionately.

Jessie looked much healthier and prettier than when we had met first. She was wearing trousers and shirt perfectly matching her elegant personality.

“Hello Jessie! Looking pretty as ever and congratulation for your success,” I complimented her.

“Thanks a lot,” she said with a smile.

“Here are a few recipes I have tried my hands on. I am learning continental dishes,” Tim barged into the room with a bowl of Quesadilla and strawberry smoothie.

“As he is very fond of cooking, he has joined cookery classes to learn continental dishes,” Jessie told me as I looked at him a bit puzzled.

“Hope you like them!” Tim said with a smile. He looked as enthusiastic like any student.

To boost his confidence, I said “It’s just wonderful!  Quesadilla tastes perfect and smoothie is so yummy!”

“You have become a perfect cook. Both the recipes are awesome. Thank you so much.” Jessie told her husband lovingly.

“My pleasure ladies. Please carry on with your work till I trim the plants in the lawn,” Tim left the room with a radiant smile which he always carries on his face.

“I thought about you many times, but could not contact you. Somehow, the other day when I read about you in the newspaper, I immediately decided to come over and congratulate you personally on your post retirement success story. It is really a great achievement. Tell me in detail, I am very anxious to know and I am sure my readers would also love to hear the same!”

“Well Anshu, when we last met in the Gym, I was leading a typical after retirement life. We enjoyed the laid-back lifestyle for a few months, but gradually we realized that it was not our cup of tea, the spark in our life was diminishing and we immediately decided to make an action plan to get back to more meaningful and exciting lifestyle.”

“What sort of action plan?” I interrupted.

“We had a choice between doing something that we were doing till now or start afresh. Fortunately, we came across a wonderful book titled  “The 4-Hour Work Week”. This book has completely changed our way of thinking and helped us to find the right way. We started by streamlining things to lead a life as mentioned in the book and you see the positive changes in our lifestyle.”

I was really amazed to see this level of enthusiasm in a lady at 64 years of age. The twinkle in her eyes was that of a young girl who has just got success at the start of her career.

She continued, “Both of us decided to set up new ventures, which we had always dreamt of. Since I was a psychology student before pursuing MBA, I went on to become a psychologist which was my childhood dream. I have a degree in psychology from the University of California, which I had pursued part time, when I changed my job to a different company.

“Wonderful!” I said, ” In just three years you have done so much that you are getting recognition in the field of child psychology.”

“Yes, unfortunately, so far not much work has been done in India. It is much advanced in the West.”

“How did you start work here?”

“Initially I joined the foundation which was already working for children’s nutrition in Mumbai. With the help of a few members of a foundation, I conducted workshops in different schools. People appreciated these workshops and felt that the information helped them to deal with children in a much healthier way. Gradually the performances of children improved, not only academically but also socially and emotionally. Later, Government recognised the work and we got funds to create more awareness.”

“How many days are you engaged in this work during a month?” I asked.

“I organize almost 15 seminars in a month, though I receive a lot of external invitations as well. Since I cannot travel much, I have been working on an online portal as well to reach a larger audience. Hopefully, the website will be launched within the next month and then I will not have to move around so much.” she said.

“You mean to say that you will create podcasts and virtual seminars.” I understood her line of action.

“Exactly! And then I will get more time for the activities of NGOs with which I am already associated.

I felt proud looking at the super active lifestyle of Jessie and smiled to show my admiration.

“How often do you go with your friends and have fun,” I asked her with curiosity.

“Well, almost every weekend we organize parties with friends. We go on family holidays twice a year as well. Actually, we do everything we had been doing before. The only difference is that there is no place for dullness in our lives now,” Jessie said with a twinkle in her eyes.

“Great! ” I said with a smile.

“A lot of credit goes to the book “The 4-Hour Work Week” to bring this positive change in my lifestyle. This is one of the books I always recommend to my audience. Books may become life changers and as someone rightly said they are the best friends in our life.” Jessie said.

“What time is your seminar today?” I asked.

“I have to reach there at 12:30 pm,” Jessie replied

“Alright, I will take your leave. It was very nice talking to you. Thanks a lot! It is always good to see you,” I said while putting my things into the bag and I came out of the room after fixing up the next appointment with Jessie to meet at Prithvi Theatre.

I was curious to know why Jessie has asked me to come to Prithvi Theatre, but couldn’t ask her as she was in a hurry.

“Goodbye Tim, see you next week,” I waved Tim on my way to the main gate of the house. Tim was nurturing his garden.

“Bye Anshu, Take Care,” Tim left his work and came towards the Gate to see me off.

I came back home with a few questions still left in my mind which I had planned to ask next week when I meet Jessie again. It is always good to hear and appreciate such stories, but if we really wish to bring a positive change in our lives, what exactly we must do. That still needs to be answered; however, I had to wait for an entire week….